I'm trying to wean myself away from instantly answering student emails, especially when they come in at night. I'm ok with being available, but I think that after-dinner responses go a little too far, and I don't want students to start expecting me to be available whenever they want my help.
This of course breaks down in so many situations that it barely exists as a rule: if it's the night before an exam or assignment due-date, if the student is already doing so horribly that I want to try to help them, if the student is awesome and therefore deserving of my help, if I know I won't be online until late the next morning, etc. etc.
It's the thought that counts, right?
6 hours ago